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Holiday Shopping For Cosy Days

December 4, 2014 • DesignStyle

what’s not to love about this month, right? i’ve been looking forward to the holiday season for longer than i care to admit. of course there’s the dinners and the parties, but the thing i love most around this time of the year, is the widespread cosiness. everywhere you go, there are candles burning, mariah carey is shrieking through the speakers and chocolate is melting away in hot milk. i don’t even care how cliché this all sounds – i enjoy every single minute of everything. as i’ve been searching high and low for original christmas gifts, too many have eventually ended up in my shopping basket simply because i wanted them for those cosy sunday afternoons in. so i decided to share some of that inspiration with you today – perhaps you’ll succeed in giving them away (i wouldn’t be too sure).

1 this SKANDINAVISK CANDLE counts down the days to christmas. genius much? // 2 one can never have too many blankets – take it from me. this DENIM THROW is all kinds of perfection, and will aesthetically last much longer than those overly christmassy plaid versions. // 3 my name is stephanie and i’m a sock-o-holic. seriously though, i can never resist a pair with fun colors, and the feeling of putting on new socks is akin to getting underneath freshly washed sheets, in my opinion. this holiday package from HAPPY SOCKS is true to its name. it makes me stupidly happy. // 4 socks alone won’t keep your feet warm though. i’ve been looking for a nice pair of home slippers for a while now, and i kinda really want to add these BABBI MOCS to my arsenal of i’m-not-going-anywhere-today accessories. // 5 we have a few lamps from studio snowpuppe hanging in our home, and i just love their style. the white ones give a very warm glow to a room, so i can only imagine what the effect would be of THIS COLORFUL ONE. // 6 because those hours spent hanging in the sofa watching a marathon of friends episodes need to be useful in some way, i make it a point to apply hand cream and thoroughly massage it in. i love the scent of KIEHL’S ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE. // 7 similarly, there’s nothing worse than chapped lips to ruin your ultimate night in. this BOBBI BROWN LIP BALM is a little miracle worker (and looks cute, too!) // 8 not that i’m much of a cook, but i do love books about food and gatherings. the SUNDAY SUPPERS tome promises beautiful content in line with books that i already own and love (THE KINFOLK TABLE and THURSDAY DINNERS, anyone?), so i’m curious to discover more. // 9 and then finally, if you must absolutely leave the house and venture out into the cold, make sure you do so with appropriate and cute protection. may i suggest THIS ADORABLE HOWLIN HAT?

Holiday Shopping For Moms-to-be

November 27, 2014 • KidsStyle

Holiday Shopping for Moms-to-be

i don’t know how it is with you guys, but in my surroundings i’m seeing a true baby boom. friends, colleagues and even fellow bloggers – congrats EMMA – seem to be taking turns to announce their good news, and i couldn’t be happier for all of them. of course a lot of my conversations lately have turned to the subject of being pregnant and the various ways in which we all deal with its joys, challenges and discomforts. so you can take it from me that if you have a pregnant lady in your life, she’ll love getting pampered just a little bit extra around the holidays this year. in case you need some ideas for thoughtful gifts for a stylish mom-to-be, i rounded up some of my own favorites for you.

1 HATCH is a wonderful american maternity brand that i’ve been following for a while now. they make gorgeous clothes, but i’m especially fond of their HATCH-TO-HOSPITAL BOX, which contains all the essential items for the new mom, including fresh panties and cashmere socks. // 2 new parents’ number one priority? taking as many pictures of their newborn as possible, of course. if you’re using your smartphone, you might want to print out some of those snapshots on film, with this super easy travel size FUJIFILM SHARE SP-1 PRINTER, as the perfect memento of your baby’s first few days. you could even use the pictures for original birth announcements, like THIS ONE. // 3 i’ve been trying out so many different beauty products to cope with the changes in my body, and i’m always curious to try out new ones. i have a trip to new york planned right before christmas, and i have every intention of buying these MAMA MIO FACIAL WIPES. they seem like a fun extra to add to my routine, and who knows – they might actually give me that pregnancy glow everyone keeps raving about? // 4 there are very few true maternity brands that have found the way to my heart, but ISABELLA OLIVER certainly is one of them. just check out THIS AMAZING PARTY DRESS (which i think will still look gorgeous post-babybump). // 5 another company from the states that has captured my attention, is STORQ. they make only the basics – the fundamentals on which to build your maternity wardrobe – and package them in A BUNDLE that has you covered from then on. // 6 last but not least, i read an interesting blog post recently – though i can’t for the life of me remember where – in which one mom shared her tips to put together the perfect hospital package. she said to remember to bring music and a nice scented candle, to set the mood and feel at home in your hospital room. i think that is a great idea, and will definitely be on the lookout for the perfect scent to take with me. this DIPTIQUE MINI SET seems perfect for the occasion, right?

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